By Sasha Pei-Silovo – EM TV Online
Legendary 60 year old Australian-born rocker, Phil Rudd, drummer of AC/DC was charged for attempting to procure a murder – where it is alleged that Rudd tried to have two men killed.
He’s also been charged for being in possession of cannabis and methamphetamine, after a raid on his New Zealand home this morning.
The drummer was taken into custody at 7am and appeared briefly in court this morning. The media applied to photograph and film Rudd at the hearing; this was permitted by the Judge even though the lawyer had argued that media “just wanted to get photos of Rudd at his worst”.
Dressed in a grey sweater and jeans, he appeared composed and said nothing; entering ‘no plea’ to the charges he was released on bail and will appear in court again in the next three weeks.
In accordance with police charges laid – Phil Rudd attempted to have two men killed by a hitman; the names of the two men and the intended hitman were all concealed by the judge.
The only Australian born member of AC/DC, Rudd moved to New Zealand after being kicked out of the band in 1983. He re-joined AC/DC in 1994.
AC/DC has a new album Rock or Bust due out in December; the band has sold over 200 million albums, are one of the highest grossing bands on tour lists wherever they perform and defined the ‘pub rock’ Australian mainstream sound in the 70’s and 80’s, that emerged from the studios and stages AC/DC inhabited.
Rudd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the other band members including Angus and Malcolm Young, in 2003.